David Law missed out on earning his European Tour card by just three shots but the Aberdonian is upbeat about his career heading in the right direction.
The 26-year-old finished tied for 42nd place at the final stages of the European Tour qualifying school where the top 25 and ties were awarded their full playing rights on the main stage.
David, who is attached to the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre, did at least regain his playing rights on the Challenge Tour by making the cut at the halfway stage at Lumine Golf Club, Tarragona in Spain.
However, rounds of 68, 73, 70, 68, 69 and 70 were not enough for the former Scottish Boys and Men’s Amateur champion to achieve his target.
David said: “It has been a pretty tough year on the course for me but one I feel has been productive.
“I changed coach at the start of the year to Alan McCloskey at Bothwell Castle and although I feel I made changes to my game, which I needed to if I’m going to get to the next level, they have taken a while to really get comfortable with.
“To be honest, it’s taken me until the last six weeks or so to really feel comfortable with it all.
“To finish three shots from a European Tour card was disappointing as I feel that from tee to green I played well, especially the first rounds, but didn’t take advantage of enough opportunities.
“But to me that is also encouraging as I know I have a lot more to offer in going forward.
“If I came away from the qualifying school thinking I’d played and scored as well as I can and didn’t get a card then I’d be in trouble.
“I will again get limited starts on the European Tour and I’ll compete in this week’s Joburg Open, although I have chosen not to play in the starts I did get over the last two years to focus on the Challenge Tour but I’m not sure I will adopt the same plan next season.
“I will need to sit down with Paul, Alan and people close to me to discuss what is the best plan for me.
“So, although my main goal of 2017 on the course was to get my full European Tour card and I haven’t achieved that, I feel I am working closer towards that and hopefully this time next year I’m reflecting on a more successful end result.”